Guess what? You don’t know this classic ski resort as well as you think you do.
In downtown Ketchum, Idaho, on a sharply cold winter night, fit people in puffy jackets dance to a band playing on a stage planted in the middle of a Wild West street. Clusters of couples peel away for warmth, slipping through vintage doorways into bars and restaurants (some new and hip, others long-established and adorned with taxidermy). The scene is easygoing but lively. Absent are Prada, snootiness, and any apparent Botox.
Sweet new glades, an innovative lodge, and a friendlier resort-wide vibe highlight a promising makeover at this Colorado classic.
OK, so maybe the second dessert was overkill. Heck, maybe the first was too. I’m slowly plodding my way, skis over my shoulders, up the ridge to Snowmass’s newest terrain, Burnt Mountain, where 230 acres of powder-filled glades await. Elk Camp Lodge, the scene of my overindulgence, slips into the backdrop behind me, yet each boot stomp reverberates in my gut. Oh, raspberry crumble, huge, gooey cookie, and teeny-tiny bite of fudge brownie, you seemed like a good idea at the time...
Highest Concentration of Ski Resorts and All Within Reach
RENO, Nev. With an abundance of deals and transportation options, Reno-Tahoe is one of the most convenient and cost effective winter escapes. Aptly coined America’s Adventure Place, the region is home to the highest concentration of ski resorts in North America, which, coupled with gaming and a lively entertainment scene, makes this High Sierra ski destination this winter’s hottest ticket.
Got a group? Several couples? Extended family? If so, consider housing everyone in one big house. At Lake Tahoe, which has more homes and estates for rent than any other ski destination in North America, you can choose from places that accommodate from six to more than 50 people.
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